eWEEK Labs Shows You How to Build Your Own Virtualization Testbed
Building a virtual machine testbed is an important part of any application testing or development work. Testbeds not only determine how an application performs, but also how it fits in an enterprise's overall IT environment. Money may be tight in these difficult economic times, but building such a testbed does not have to be an expensive proposition. eWEEK Labs was able to build a testbed of an OpenFiler iSCSI NAS server and a VMware ESXI virtualization instance using a combination of free software and some hardware found here and there.For application developers and IT administrators, virtual testbeds are crucial tools in determining how applications perform and how well they will fit within an enterprise's IT environment. Building such a testbed doesn't have to cost a lot of money, a key concern at a time when IT budgets are taking a hit while demand on IT continues to grow. I set about to build a virtual testbed out of free software and legacy hardware in the Labs. The following are the steps I took to build an OpenFiler iSCSI NAS server and a VMware ESXi bare metal virtualization instance. Click on each of the steps for a slide show illustrating the process in more detail.
1. The first step was finding the hardware and figuring out the layout. Again, all that was used here was hardware found around the lab. Using this and adding a SATA RAID controller and some USB sticks, I put together an iSCSI NAS device and a management workstation. I also used a host of free software.